Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Review: A Simple Amish Christmas

A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman is her first novel. It is the story of Annie Weaver, a young Amish girl who has lived in the city with her aunt during her Rumschpringe. She becomes a nurse at a children’s hospital. She receives a phone call at the hospital one day that will change her life forever. Her mother calls to tell her that her father has had an accident and they need her to come home and take care of him. They do not know that she is a nurse though. Annie ends up coming home and getting baptized and helping her community by using her skills as a nurse to help them. She immediately dislikes the town “doctor,” Samuel. Samuel is older than Annie and lost his wife and child in a buggy accident. We learn about other people in the community through her medical calls. One woman experiences a hard birth and another teen girl is pregnant possible by rape. Along the way Annie begins to fall in love with Samuel and learns her place in the community.

I really enjoyed this book. This is a perfect read for the winter. It made me want to pull out the blankets and drink some hot chocolate. I really enjoyed learning about the unusual characters. I would love to see this as a series. There was so much left to the reader’s imagination as to what happens to Samuel and Annie and the other characters. I wonder why the author picked the tile of, A Simple Amish Christmas. None of the plots seemed simple and neither did the romance between Samuel and Annie. I also was left wondering about the store in town. We seem to learn something is going to happen to the ownership, but we never really learn anymore about that, which lead me to believe the author may be planning a sequel. I definitely would read another book by this author and highly recommend this one. This book came out October 1, 2010. You should really check it out for a great fall/winter read. I received a copy of this book from Abington Press through NetGalley and was not paid for this review.


  1. So glad you enjoyed this too, I think it's one of the best Amish books I've read so far. I too was intrigued about the shop in town - but if you look at my review of this book, Vannetta herself has commented on it and said that she may well have plans to write more about these characters! I definitely hope this is the case and that we get all the loose ends tied up :)

  2. Hi Lorie, Thanks for the review. I crossposted a link on my blog page. You're such an astute reader . . . yes, book 2 will pick up at the STORE in town and focus on Rachel's story (though of course Annie and Samuel will be involved). I'm waiting to hear when Abingdon will have a slot. Have a wonderful week.

  3. sounds like a good read, I will see if I can find it in my library, thanks for the review.